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Apache Roller Now A Top Level Project

The Apache Roller project has completed incubation (2007-02-21). Please go to the main project site :

The Roller project graduated on 2007-02-21


Roller is the open source blog server that drives Sun Microsystem's employee blogging site, the Javalobby's JRoller Java community site, and hundreds of other sites. If you want to set up a blog server for yourself or for several thousand of your closest friends, then Roller is the perfect choice..


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Project info

item type reference
Website www
. wiki
Mailing list dev
. user
. commits
Bug tracking jira
Source code SVN incubator/roller
Mentors rubys Sam Ruby
. bayard Henri Yandell
Committers . .
. agilliland Allen Gilliland
. gangolli Anil Gangolli
. snoopdave David Johnson
. bayard Henri Yandell
. eliast Elias Torres
. lance Lance Lavandowska
. mraible Matt Raible
. mattschmidt Matthew Schmidt
Extra . .

Incubation status reports

  • Developed minor Roller 1.3 release and voted to release it
  • Developed major Roller 2.0 release with group blogging an new UI
  • Added new committer Elias Torres
  • Added status page on incubator site
  • JDO implementation started by Craig Russell ( svn:link ). When finished, should be able to replace Hibernate.
  • 1.3, 2.0, 2.0.1 released at
  • New committer added: Matt Schmidt
  • FindBugs dependency removed (LGPL)

Incubation work items

Project Setup

This is the first phase on incubation, needed to start the project at Apache.

Item assignment is shown by the Apache id. Completed tasks are shown by the completion date (YYYY-MM-dd).

Identify the project to be incubated

date item comment
2006-05-16 Make sure that the requested project name does not already exist and check to be sure that the name is not already trademarked for an existing software product. We believe the Roller Weblogger name to be free of trademark issues.
skip If request from an existing Apache project to adopt an external package, then ask the Apache project for the SVN module and mail address names.
skip If request from outside Apache to enter an existing Apache project, then post a message to that project for them to decide on acceptance.
2006-01-18 If request from anywhere to become a stand-alone PMC, then assess the fit with the ASF, and create the lists and modules under the incubator address/module names if accepted.

Interim responsibility

date item comment
2006-01-18 Identify all the Mentors for the incubation, by asking all that can be Mentors.
2006-01-18 Subscribe all Mentors on the pmc and general lists.
2006-01-18 Give all Mentors access to all incubator CVS modules. (to be done by PMC chair)
2006-01-18 Tell Mentors to track progress in the file 'incubator/projects/{}.html'
date item comment
2005-05-31 Check and make sure that the papers that transfer rights to the ASF been received. It is only necessary to transfer rights for the package, the core code, and any new code produced by the project.
2007-01-07 Check and make sure that the files that have been donated have been updated to reflect the new ASF copyright.

Verify distribution rights

date item comment
2006-11-10 Check and make sure that for all code included with the distribution that is not under the Apache license has the right to combine with Apache-licensed code and redistribute. LGPL + BCL must be downloaded separately
2006-11-10 Check and make sure that all source code distributed by the project is covered by one or more of the following approved licenses: Apache, BSD, Artistic, MIT/X, MIT/W3C, MPL 1.1, or something with essentially the same terms.

Establish a list of active committers

date item comment
2006-01-18 Check that all active committers have submitted a contributors agreement.
2006-01-18 Add all active committers in the STATUS file. Taking 'STATUS file' to imply this page
2006-01-18 Ask root for the creation of committers' accounts on


date item comment
2006-01-18 Ask infrastructure to create source repository modules and grant the committers karma.
2006-01-18 Ask infrastructure to set up and archive Mailing lists.
skip Decide about and then ask infrastructure to setup an issuetracking system (Bugzilla, Scarab, Jira). Jira will be migrated later
2007-01-30 Migrate the project to our infrastructure. Website and wiki have been created, key pages have been migrated.

Project specific

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These action items have to be checked for during the whole incubation process.

These items are not to be signed as done during incubation, as they may change during incubation. They are to be looked into and described in the status reports and completed in the request for incubation signoff.

Collaborative Development

  • Have all of the active long-term volunteers been identified and acknowledged as committers on the project? Yes
  • Are there three or more independent committers? (The legal definition of independent is long and boring, but basically it means that there is no binding relationship between the individuals, such as a shared employer, that is capable of overriding their free will as individuals, directly or indirectly.) Yes
  • Are project decisions being made in public by the committers?
  • Are the decision-making guidelines published and agreed to by all of the committers?

Licensing awareness

  • Are all licensing, trademark, credit issues being taken care of and acknowleged by all committers?

Project Specific

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Things to check for before voting the project out.

Organizational acceptance of responsibility for the project

  • If graduating to an existing PMC, has the PMC voted to accept it?
  • If graduating to a new PMC, has the board voted to accept it?

Incubator sign-off

  • Has the Incubator decided that the project has accomplished all of the above tasks?